SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 18TH, 2020
This star-studded, celebrity filled, rousingly fun – and seriously impactful – comedy benefit raises funds for autism programs across the country. It drives our work of exploring what’s NEXT for individuals with autism and their families.
GET READY FOR 2020!
The 2020 show, hosted by Jon Stewart, will be performed live on April 18th at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Presented by HBO in partnership with NEXT for AUTISM.
Join Us. There can never be TOO MANY STARS!
Watch the 2017 Night of Too Many Stars show!
GET TO KNOW US
For one night every other year, a luminous group of stars gathers for laughs and a great cause. They do stand-up performances and sketches. They create short films and stage silly antics, all in an effort to raise money for autism programs, schools, and services across the country.
NEXT for AUTISM is the engine that drives the work. We steward the funds that are raised towards bold ideas and proven programs that reimagine autism services. Our goal is nothing short of ensuring that people with autism will have engaged and fulfilling lives, with equal opportunities.
Past Stars Have Included:
Fred Armisen, Will Arnett, Jack Black, Kevin Bacon, Lewis Black, Matthew Broderick, Bill Burr, Hannibal Buress, Steve Carell, Kristin Chenoweth, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, David Cross, Larry David, Susie Essman, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jim Gaffigan, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry
Tom Hanks, Tommy Hilfiger, Jonah Hill, Kevin James, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Harvey Keitel, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Maroon 5, Joel McHale, Moby, Tom Morello, Tracy Morgan, Mike Myers, Conan O’Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Rosie O’Donnell, John Oliver, Bill O’Reilly, Al Pacino
Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Seth Rogen, The Roots, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Paul Simon, Tony Sirico, David Spade, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Sting, Betty White, Robin Williams, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
WHAT WE DO
Proceeds from the 2017 show went to programs in 21 states, but our involvement goes beyond funding. We provide thought leadership and programmatic assistance, and serve as an organizing hub to promote collaboration and networking among grantees.
There May Be An App For That
Grantee Spotlight on The Arc of Northern Virginia, which is developing an app to for individuals with autism to safely navigate our communities and interact with first responders.
Making The Arts Accessible
Three museums come together to implement effective strategies for making museum-going a more positive learning experience for children with autism and other disabilities.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
A pair of comedy parents, Robert and Michelle Smigel, had a beautiful boy, Daniel, who was diagnosed with autism. They struggled to help their son in whatever way that they could. It was tough, but they were fortunate to have the resources and wherewithal. But what about all the other families who don’t have the resources that they did? How would those families get help?
That’s when Robert and Michelle turned to their comedy family, who couldn’t wait to sign on. Jon Stewart volunteered to host and produce the first event. Seven specials later, Robert, Michelle, and Jon are still at it – gathering a constellation of comedy stars that have lit up the benefit and brightened the lives of so many families living with autism. Thank you for joining our wonderful family!
GET A TASTE OF PAST SHOWS
Stephen Colbert & John Oliver Take Over The Stage
John Mulaney Performs Stand-Up
Michelle Wolf’s Thoughts On Men